One of the largest of 48 parks in Newfoundland and Labrador, Barachois Pond Provincial Park (established 1962, 35 km2), is located at the head of St George's Bay, 70 km south of Corner Brook along the Trans-Canada Highway.
The park occupies part of the Appalachian Mountains known as the Long Range Mountains, formed over 450 million years ago. Subsequent erosion reduced the peaks to less than 400 m and glaciers gouged out the valley now filled by Barachois Pond. The area is forested, predominantly with spruce, fir, larch and aspen, although stands of black ash and white pine (rare in Newfoundland) occur, as do many orchids. Mammals include snowshoe hare, beaver, woodland caribou and the elusive marten. Over 100 species of birds inhabit the park, including the rare arctic 3-toed woodpecker.
For generations the area was used by moose, caribou and rabbit hunters, and by loggers and local residents seeking fuel wood. The area is now dedicated to nature protection and recreation.
There is a modern campsite and opportunities for swimming, motorboating, canoeing, fishing and hiking (the trail to Erin Mountain offering fine views). Interpreters conduct nature programs during the summer and fall. The private sector operates a convenience store, boat rentals and many other attractions. In winter no services are provided, but the park is available for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice fishing.